Waldo Lake

July 11, 1993

Since we were competing with the County Fair, I was not sure what kind of turnout to expect. The forecast had been for rain and it sure looked like it as we left town. The closer we got to Waldo, the more the sky opened up. It turned out to be a perfect day, with a bit of a cool breeze, as a group of 11 hikers set out to explore a six-mile section of the 22-mile trail around Waldo Lake. We dropped off one shuttle car at Shadow Bay and started our hike at North Waldo. The trail is in excellent condition; there were still patches of snow on the ground. When we stopped for lunch, the mosquitoes were just as hungry as we were! Fortunately, we had an ample supply of three different kinds of repellent … and we won! There is only a very slight elevation gain, so the hike was easy-to-moderate. It took us through stands of mostly hemlock, since the lake is at 5,400 ft. elevation. We did not see the lake again until the end of our trip, although we stopped at delightful little Shadow Lake on the way. There was agreement, including our two guests from Dexter, that the trip was well worth it. On the trail were Janet Macha, Myrna Peterson, Peg Morton, Ellen & Jock Bondurant, Lynda Lovretta, Clare Feeghan, Bonnie Mannheim, Teresa Ladd, Marilyn Waff and Inge Tarantola, leader.

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